Don't Look a Gift Horse in the Mouth!

(And Other Weird Sayings)

Understanding Idioms
  • Interest Level: Grade 2 - Grade 5
  • Reading Level: Grade 3

Don't look a gift horse in the mouth! Are you fit as a fiddle? Learn the meaning and origin of these unusual phrases and many more in this engaging, informative book. Colorful, humorous illustrations and clear examples help readers better understand idioms and how to use them. Additional features include a table of contents, a glossary, critical-thinking questions, sources for further research, an introduction to the author and illustrator, and an index.

Wonder Books
Format Your Price Add
Interest Level Grade 2 - Grade 5
Reading Level Grade 3
Genre Fiction
Category Language Arts
Copyright 2023
Publisher The Child's World, Inc.
Imprint Wonder Books
Language English
Number of Pages 24
Publication Date 2023-01-01
BISACS JNF029000, JNF052030, JNF016000
Dewey 428.1
Graphics Full-color illustrations
Dimensions 8 x 9.5
Lexile 660
Guided Reading Level S
Features Author/Illustrator biography, Glossary of key words, Index, Phonetics, Reviewed, Sources for further research, Suggested websites, and Table of contents
Online Resources

  • Achilles heel
  • Busy as a bee
  • The chips are down
  • Dont look a gift horse in the mouth
  • Dropping like flies
  • Elbow grease
  • A fish out of water
  • Fit as a fiddle
  • In your face
  • Lend an ear
  • Loose cannon
  • Mind over matter
  • My hands are tied
  • Nothing to sneeze at
  • Over the hill
  • Pecking order
  • Pull some strings
  • Put a sock in it
  • Rain or shine
  • Stick-in-the-mud
  • Swallow hook, line, and sinker
  • Talk turkey
  • Walking on eggshells
  • The whole kit and caboodle
  • You cant teach an old dog new tricks
  • Glossary
  • Wonder More
  • Find Out More
  • Index
Author: Cynthia Amoroso

Cynthia Amoroso holds undergraduate degrees in English and elementary education, and graduate degrees in curriculum and instruction as well as educational administration. Cynthia's past roles include teacher, assistant principal, district reading coordinator, director of curriculum and instruction, and curriculum consultant. She has extensive experience in reading, literacy, curriculum development, professional development, and continuous improvement processes. Cynthia enjoys reading, writing, gardening, traveling, and spending time with friends and family.

Illustrator: Mernie Gallagher-Cole

Mernie Gallagher-Cole is a children's book illustrator living in West Chester, Pennsylvania. She loves drawing every day. Her illustrations can also be found on greeting cards, puzzles, e-books, and educational apps.


A noteworthy review of Understanding Idioms from School Library Journal on April 1, 2023

Out like a light. Play it by ear. Off the hook. Who isn’t curious where these ­silly sayings come from? This extensive series demystifies just about every idiom a young reader can think of. Each phrase is used in a paragraph and given a definition followed by its origin story.… View →

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